dash (–)


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a punctuation mark used in the following contexts:  

  • When additional information is given in parenthesis, e.g. Mr Smith – who is a referee – is coming on tour.
  • To indicate a dramatic comment, e.g. We woke up and saw – snow in Johannesburg!
  • To give extra information, e.g. I know you will come – we need you.

Notice that the dash line is slightly longer than a hyphen line.